A BLIZZARD of snow has forced over 80 schools in Northern Ireland to close to pupils and staff on Tuesday.
A heavy snowfall on Monday evening was compounded overnight with ice which is continuing to affect many roads.
And the forecast is bleak with the Met Office saying that a yellow weather warning remains in place.
Road chiefs treacherous conditions have hit many parts including Lisburn, Comber, Ballygowan, Upper Braniel, Craigantlet hills, Gilnahirk, Ballynahinch, Downpatrick and Saintfield areas.
The B27 Moyad Road over Spelga also currently remains closed.
Motorists have been advised to give themselves extra travel time and also slow down.
“Snow continues to affect roads and with temperatures generally below freezing there is also a risk of ice on roads this morning,” the Roads Service said.
“Salting operations are continuing on the scheduled network this morning with ploughing ongoing where required.
“Additional contractor resources have also been deployed in areas of the north-east to assist with snow removal.”
Translink says a number a metro services are being affected and some routes diverted. A number of Ulsterbus services have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
It comes after the icy weather caused widespread disruption on Monday night, with a number of roads being closed and long tail backs on the M1.
Breakdowns on the motorway westbound at Stockman’s Lane – and later a stranded lorry – caused lane closures and left queues of traffic stretching from Broadway.
Some drivers in Co Antrim and Co Down experienced delays of up to two hours.
Areas including Lisburn, Comber, Saintfield, Ballygowan, Hillsborough, Carryduff, the Castlereagh hills, Dundonald, Holywood, Moira, Ballynahinch, Dromore, Dromara, Banbridge, Rathfriland and Castlewellan were also all badly hit.
Northern Ireland’s airports are open for business and operational but passengers are advised to check websites for updates because of knock-on effects from other airports.
The Met Office said a frosty start to the day can be expected away from the north and east coast with risk of ice, but it will soon melt away leaving a mainly dry and bright day.
List of school closures:
•Ashgrove Primary School, Newtownabbey
•Ballysillan Primary School, North Belfast
•Edmund Rice College, Glengormley
•Seymour Hill Primary School, Dunmurry
•Alexander Dickson Primary School, Ballygowan
•Carrickmannon Primary School, Ballygowan
•Wallace High School & Preparatory Dept, Lisburn
•Drumlins Integrated Primary School, Ballynahinch
•McKinney Primary School, Dundrod
•Dunmurry Primary School
•Spa Primary, Ballynahinch
•Lough View Integrated Primary and Nursery School, Castlereagh
•St. Mary’s Primary School, Killyleagh
•St Aidan’s CBPS, west Belfast
•Laurelhill Community College, Lisburn
•Moneyrea Primary School, Moneyreagh, County Down
•Mallusk Primary School, Mallusk, County Antrim
•Holy Cross, Atticall/Kilkeel, County Down
•Killowen primary school, Lisburn, County Antrim
•St. Kieran’s Primary School, Poleglass, County Antrim
•Academy Primary & Nursery School, Saintfield, County Down
•Ballymacward Pre-School Playgroup, Stoneyford
•Parkview Special School, Lisburn
•Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch
•St Oliver Plunkett, west Belfast
•Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast
•St Joseph’s, Carryduff
•Fort hill college, Lisburn
•Derryboy Primary School, Crossgar, Downpatrick
•St Teresa’s Nursery School, Bearnagh Glen, Belfast
•St Kieran’s Nursery School, Poleglass
•Holy Trinity Nursery School, Lisburn
•Iveagh Primary School, Rathfriland
•Holy Child PS, west Belfast
•Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn
•Lisburn Central Primary School, Lisburn
•Good Shepherd Primary School, Poleglass
•Gaelscoil na Móna, west Belfast
•High School Ballynahinch, Ballynahinch
•Lagan College, Belfast
•Glenbank Nursery School, Belfast
•St Colemans Primary School Lambeg;
•Downshire Primary School, Hillsborough
•St Mary’s on the Hill, Glengormley
•Derryboy Primary School, Crossgar
•Brackenagh West Primary School, Kilkeel
•Riverdale PS, Lisburn
•St Teresa’s Primary School, Glen Road, Belfast;
•Cumran Primary School, Clough
•Dromara Primary School, Dromara
•Brownlee Primary School, Lisburn
•St. Bernadette’s Girls’ PS, west Belfast
•St Mary’s Grammar School, Belfast
•Knockmore Primary School, Lisburn
•St. Paul’s Nursery Unit, Amcomri Street, Belfast
•Gaelscoil & Naíscoil an Lonnáin, Belfast
•Brookfield Special School, Moira
•Belvoir Park Primary School and Nursery School, Belfast
•Holy Family Primary School, Downpatrick
•Ballymacash Primary School, Lisburn
•Old Warren Primary School, Lisburn
•St. Kieran’s P.S., Poleglass
•St Bernards PS Glengormley
•St Patricks PS, Ballynahinch
•St.Bernadette’s Girls’ PS, west Belfast
•Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast